Flooding Safety Actions

Staying Safe During Floods

  • Never play in flooded areas where hidden sharp objects, electrocution, and pollution are serious hazards.
  • In highly flood-prone areas, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, plastic garbage bags, lumber and shovels on hand.
  • Be aware of streams, canals and areas that known to flood so you and your evacuation routes are not cut off.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and never drive into moving water.
  • Drive carefully when water covers the read. If you cannot see the roadway beneath the water, do not drive through it. The water may be deeper than it appears and the road may already be washed away.
  • Heed water contamination advisories. Do not use food that has come in contact with floodwaters.

Flooding Facts

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and can cause loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will cause many vehicles to float.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and trucks.
  • Most flood-related deaths occur at night and are vehicular.
  • Urban and small-stream flash floods often occur in less than one hour.
  • Tropical cyclones pose significant risks well inland due to freshwater flooding.
  • Flood damages are not covered under homeowner's insurance policies. Consider purchasing flood insurance.